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Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Both cause: Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired something that might kill you. Big difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

The dirty little: Secret of lung cancer is that it causes very few symptoms in the early stages. Copd, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, have cough, shortness of breath, worse with exercise and stair climbing, and can cause blue lips and finger nails, purse lip breathing. Lunf cancer can cause "clubbed finger nails" once underway, lung cancer can cause trouble everywhere. ...Read more

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Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Smoking..,: The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. ...Read more

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Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely: even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. ...Read more

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If i get mono or bronchitis while being in stage one lung cancer will it speed it up and kill me?

If i get mono or bronchitis while being in stage one lung cancer will it speed it up and kill me?

Viral infection: Developing mono or bronchitis or other minor infections will not kill you. More severe infections like pneumonia can, especially if you are undergoing chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia.High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia.High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

Perhaps: This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. ...Read more

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16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

Not likely: If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. ...Read more

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I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! you probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?

Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?

Asthma, COPD: And bronchitis have predictable signs and symptoms, lung cancer may have none or all of these, and already spread. We no know that if you smoke, and are over 50, a screening ct with low dose spiral ct detcts cancer and lowers all cause mortality. Best prevention is to never smoke, or stop if you do, at any age. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more